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Living Life is about being a parent, giving tips for home management, finance, humor, love, and everything the day throws your way.

February 12, 2017

Secure Your Child’s Future with Prepaid Florida College Programs

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There are many preconceived notions out there in regards to prepaid financial plans involving your children’s college tuition. If you’ve read any of our previous posts about the prepaid Florida college programs you know how we feel here at Real Advice Gal in regards to preparing for your child’s future financially. It is important for your child to have a secure plan in place to know that their educational future is being looked out for as well as their financial future so they do not begin their adult life and career weighed down by debt.

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February 10, 2017

How Would Your Daughter Answer These Important Questions

I was in my bathroom yesterday. It isn’t a large space, in fact, it is a single sink adjacent to a wall with a bathtub. It is a readily available contestant for one of those renovation shows. It is tight space with barely enough room to turn around with warmed well loved yellow walls that I painted while six months pregnant on one of those nesting adventures. It has areas of despair and happiness where my kids have added stickers or little notes hidden from view but I know where they are and I leave them because they make me smile.

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January 23, 2017

Get Your Child Set Up for Success with a Prepaid College Plan

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Financial freedom is the thing that dreams are made of for most adults living in today’s society. Most college graduates start the beginning of their adult lives saddled with extreme debt that comes from having to pay mounting education expenses while also going to school full time and/or working. Financial responsibility is something that we promote heavily here on Real Advice Gal. What better gift can one give than learning to be responsible with your money and expenses?

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January 22, 2017

How Do You Know He Is The One

How Do You Know He Is The One

 

How Do You Know He Is The One

   I woke up for no good reason this morning. The children weren’t up, creating destruction a car hasn’t driven by with blaring music. The house wasn’t echoing it age. I just got up and thought of something. The kind of thought that wakes you from your deepest sleep that your mind and body crave with such importance that you awake. I had clarity in the question that I had been rolling over and over again in mind for days.
I was struggling with an anniversary gift for my husband. It is the week of our 20th anniversary of dating. I couldn’t think of a thing that would encompass the significance he has in my life.
  I tried hard. I scrolled online for hours. I tried to listen to see if he would give me a hint as to what he needed or wanted but yet four days into our anniversary week I had nothing even though I am known for giving good advice.
The answer I needed washed over me like the first wave when the tide joins the beach. I realized I knew exactly what he needed.
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  He is the same person I met in the crowded house in Gainesville, Florida with the mismatched furniture that only three males could combine into a single room all whose purpose was to watch tv. The guy who turned the channel on the TV and took my breath away. That moment I knew my life change. I wasn’t sure how or when but after speaking with you all night I knew we would always be friends.
You were the guy who didn’t have “game” who nervously asked me if I smoked instead of my name. The guy who offered me a drink after I noted several times I do not drink and drive. The gentleman who asked me to dance when dancing wasn’t his thing. The guy that stepped on my steel toe boots more than he stepped with the beat. The guy whose infectious laugh moved me more than the song could have. The guy that looked at me and still looks at me like no one or nothing else matters.
I chose you not because my dating pool was empty or you were the last one standing. I chose you not because it was easy to have a boyfriend or husband that was hours away at times and countries away other days, weeks, or months. I chose you not because you empty the dishwasher and do the laundry both chores I despise. Not because you are kind, gentle, smart, and funny.
I chose you not because there was and will never be a choice.
I choose you ever night before bed and every moment in between. I choose you and each morning as the sun peaks up through the clouds and the breakfast you are cooking for the children which you insist is your favorite part of the day saturates the air with citrus and bacon. I choose you.
  You see it is the easiest decision I make all day certainly easier than which pants will fit or what shirt goes with those shoes. It is the knowledge I have of us or what we have accomplished together and apart that has makes my decision an easy one.
It is simple there isn’t anyone else since I met you that I think about. I can’t go a day without talking to you without sharing my joys, sorrows, triumphs and tragedies without being part of your story, our story.
I chose you 20 years ago, and I chose you 20 seconds ago, and I will choose you each second that passes in both good times and bad.
I love you more than words can distinguish, more than time could diminish, and more than cupcakes, lipstick, purses, books, baths, fancy trips combined.
I love you more than anyone could offer for you.
I have never met and I am sure I will never meet someone like you again.
Thank you, for being the best friend, dad, and husband and man I could have never dreamed of.
Thank you, for the best gift anyone could ever give.
Thank you, for loving me for who I am.
 Love,
Amee
If you want to read why Mat chose me this is a post on why our marriage works.  The secrets to a happy marriage.

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How Do You Know He Is The One

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January 19, 2017

5 Things Your Mother Didn’t Tell You But Should Have

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Things Your Mother Didn't Tell You But Should Have

It wasn’t that long ago that I lived under her roof and followed her rules as diligently as one could. I often forgot the one about talking back or putting the clean laundry in the drawer folded nicely not shoved in with a force that required me sitting on the floor and using my legs to push the drawer into submission.

We would sit at the counter as children, it was filled with the five food groups laid out with care. The aroma of heaped oatmeal mixed with the citrus of fresh squeezed orange juice carefully poured out of the plastic bottle. The table was clean without a crumb. I would remember how hard this task was in years to come when my children were at the counter waiting for breakfast to be served. I would wonder how the crumbs didn’t appear how the orange juice didn’t splash on her counter. How her glasses sparkled, and mine had spots.

I would think to myself what else didn’t she tell me about being a mom or about being a woman.

I know I had learned all the right lessons as a mom when I could end a supermarket tantrum with the zeal of a WWF referee. I knew I understood the job when my children received awards in school for behavior, academics, and attendance. I understood my role when I gave up my shoe habit to pay for theirs, but I knew there was something missing still from her coursework.Continue reading

January 10, 2017

Stay At Home Dates

Stay At Home Dates

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I often wonder what keeps a relationship alive other than love. The answer is making time for one another. I know time gets away from us and our lives are fill of all the things on our to do list but really we need to step back and clear a night to make time for the person that you promised to love forever. I have several posts on cheap date ideas.  This is a sampling of ideas to try at home. I take every Friday night and my husband and I go to the gym to swim together. It is a nice way to work out and hang out and guess what? The gym has free childcare.Continue reading

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